More to the point, dear reader, the snippets of attrocities you might have heard about via independent news - or the question marks you saw when your Aussie mate in London mentioned his friends being crippled in the war on guerilla insurgents in East Timor - (what fucking war?!) and of course the bullshit surrounding the war on terror - are each a part of a greater whole.
It takes a someone of Noam Chomsky's brilliance and scholarship to piece this farce together. Download (for free) the fantastic paper "What Uncle Sam Really Wants" on the informative Rage Against the Machine website at http://www.ratm.com/ . (Look for it under the heading "Reading List") - better yet, print it out and peruse over coffee / rum / opiates / stellenbosch red wine or red bull.
Bear in mind, this is the most quoted international critic on the subject of globalisation and US foreign policy - and current academic at a respected USA Uni, not some nut job conspiracy theorist living in the deep South. This is happening in your world. Or at least, what was once your world. Insight is the 1st step to reclaiming it.